Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España

It’s time for the Vuelta a España, the third and final Grand Tour of the season. The race gets underway this Saturday in Torrevieja and will be contested over 21 stages and 3,272km. Here’s what you should know about the 2019 Tour of Spain. The 2019 Vuelta is the race’s 74th edition. The Vuelta is … The post Preview: 22 things you should know about the 2019 Vuelta a España appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Reasons to be cheerful: What to expect from the rest of the 2019 cycling season

Joe Robinson 13 Aug 2019 From a home Worlds to the return of Van der Poel, there's still plenty to expect from the 2019 cycling season The Tour de France may be over and the Spring Classics may be a distant memory but the 2019 cycling season still has plenty to offer. In fact, there are still eight men’s WorldTour and seven women’s WorldTour races still to be settled and the small issues of a World Championships in Yorkshire too. The final, and often most unpredictable, Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a Espana , is coming up soon and the last of the five Monuments, Il Lombardia, is still there to be settled. The latter half of the season can produce some of the very best racing. Top riders are often tired, some are battling for a new contract or team to carry them through the next season ...

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Cavendish quits Tour de Pologne for European Road Race Championships

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data)

Mark Cavendish has made what the Dimension Data team staff called a “50 per cent planned abandon” from the Tour de Pologne , failing to start Thursday’s sixth stage of the seven-day race. The Isle of Man sprinter is riding the European Road Race Championships for Great Britain on Sunday ,and after five days in the Tour de Pologne and with two very hilly stages remaining, Cavendish has opted to focus on this weekend’s event. “It was 50 per cent planned, with the Europeans in mind,” Dimension Data’s Alex Sans Vega told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 6 in Zakopane. “What was 100 per cent certain was that he would do the first three stages [all almost completely flat - ed.] and then, depending on how he felt, perhaps go through to the fifth, which is finally what he did.” Cavendish crashed late on stage one in Krakow but ...

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AG2R La Mondiale join Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma at Tour of Britain

AG2R La Mondiale join Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma at Tour of Britain

Joe Robinson 6 Aug 2019 A totlal of 10 WorldTour teams to race Britain's biggest stage race along with Mathieu van der Poel's Corendon-Circus AG2R La Mondiale will line up at the Tour of Britain for the first time in a decade as they join the likes of Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma as the headline acts at the week-long stage race. They will be joined by a further seven WorldTour teams lining up just a week prior to the UCI World Championships in Yorkshire. Mark Cavendish is expected to be back racing on home soil as part of his Dimension Data team while Education First, Lotto-Soudal, Mitchelton-Scott, Katusha-Alpecin, Team Sunweb and Movistar complete the complement of 10. Beyond the top-tier, five ProContinental squads will also be on the invite list with a Mathieu van der Poel-led Corendon Circus being chief among those . Also there will be Israel Cycling Academy, ...

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Organisers neutralise stage 4 of the Tour of Poland after Lambrecht’s tragic death

Supported by Warsaw, Aug 6, 2019 (AFP) – Organisers of the Tour of Poland have neutralised Tuesday’s scheduled fourth stage following the death of Belgian rider Bjorg Lambrecht. The stage route has been reduced to 133.7 km and the final laps have been cut to 1. Any further decisions regarding tomorrow’s stage will be communicated in agreement with Lotto … The post Organisers neutralise stage 4 of the Tour of Poland after Lambrecht’s tragic death appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Cycling community pays tribute to Bjorg Lambrecht

Bjorg Lambrecht celebrates winning stage 3 of the Tour des Fjords in 2018

The cycling community has paid tribute to the sudden loss of one of its own, Bjorg Lambrecht , who tragically died following a crash during stage 3 at the Tour de Pologne on Monday. Lambrecht was just 22 years old. Lambrecht, who raced for the WorldTour team Lotto Soudal, crashed into a concrete culvert partway through the 150km stage, although it is unclear why he fell. Race doctors provided medical treatment to Lambrecht at the side of the road but his condition didn't allow him to be transported to hospital by helicopter. He was taken to hospital by ambulance where he later died during surgery. Race organisers cancelled the post-race ceremonies as the cycling community mourns the loss of Lambrecht. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), who won the stage, expressed his condolences to Lambrecht's family and teammates at Lotto Soudal. "Today, the result of the race doesn't matter. I was devastated to ...

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Elia Viviani and Fabio Sabatini move to Cofidis to lead 'ambitious project'

Elia Viviani and Fabio Sabatini move to Cofidis to lead 'ambitious project'

Joe Robinson 5 Aug 2019 Pair depart from Deceuninck-Quickstep as Cofidis edge closer to WorldTour licence Cofidis have strengthened their WorldTour ambitions with the signings of Italian sprint duo Elia Viviani and Fabio Sabatini from Decuninck-Quickstep . Both riders will switch to the French ProContinental team in 2020 who hope to step up from cycling's second division and be granted a WorldTour licence for next season. The UCI is set to increase the number of WorldTour teams from 18 to 20 at the end of the season with Cofidis, alongside fellow French team Direct Energie, believed to be in the driving seats for the final two spots. The signatures of Viviani and Sabatini will only further the team's case for WorldTour status considering the duo's prowess and win record. Viviani has morphed into one of, if not the world's best sprinter since joining Deceuninck-Quickstep in 2018 and will act as ...

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Late crash knocks Mark Cavendish from Tour de Pologne sprint

Mark Cavendish works on his bike after crashing near the finish of stage 1 at Tour de Pologne

Mark Cavendish 's run of bad luck continued Saturday at the Tour de Pologne when the Manxman went down in a corner about 4km from the finish and was unable to contest the final sprint. The Dimension Data rider was positioned well in the bunch as the group started the final finishing circuit, but a touch of wheels in a slow-but-sharp left turn caused a crash that knocked Cavendish to the ground. He and teammate Jaco Venter were able to remount and finish the stage, with Cavendish coming in as the lantern rouge at 3:38. "Unfortunately, luck was not on our side today," said team director Alex Sans Vega. "Cav was our card for the final, but he couldn’t contest the sprint after being caught up in that tricky corner. It was more than a 90-degree corner and quite narrow. With everyone fighting for position, there wasn’t a lot of ...

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Mark Cavendish looking to end long wait for a win at the Tour of Poland

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“It’s a bit of an unknown” he says about entering second half of the season without a Grand Tour in his legs

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Mark Cavendish named in British squad for European Championships

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) on stage 6 of the 2019 Tour of California

Great Britain will field 24 riders across eight events at the upcoming European Championships held from August 7-11 in the Netherlands. Newly crowned national champion Alice Barnes and her sister Hannah Barnes will lead the elite women's line-up for the women's road race on August 10 and Mark Cavendish is included in the men's line-up for the road race on August 11. Cavendish was declared healthy to compete this spring after a two-year battle to recover from Epstein Barr virus. He was not selected to compete in the Tour de France by his Dimension Data team but instead raced at the Adriatica Ionica Race last month and he is participating in the Tour de Pologne from August 3. Cavendish joins Tour de Yorkshire winner Chris Lawless in the elite men's team, along with Alex Dowsett, Luke Rowe, Dan McLay, Adam Blythe, Connor Swift and Gabz Cullaigh. The elite men will ...

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Mark Cavendish to lead Dimension Data at Tour de Pologne

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data)

Mark Cavendish will lead Team Dimension Data in the Tour de Pologne , continuing his attempted but so far unsuccessful comeback from illness. The sprinter has not had a win since February 2018. Cavendish, 34, has been battling the Epstein Barr virus for two years, being declared healthy again only this spring. His best result this year was a third place in a stage at the Tour of Turkey. Since then, things have gone downhill again. He was not picked for the Tour de France , with head of performance Rolf Aldag supporting him but team principal Doug Ryder ultimately saying no. There was public controversy over that decision, and Cavendish declared himself to be “absolutely heartbroken”, adding that he had targeted his training to be at peak form for the Tour. His next race was the Adriatica Ionica race in Italy the end of July. On the first stage, ...

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The weekly spin: What we can expect from the 2020 Tour de France

The days that follow the Tour de France always leave cyclings fans with a bout of melancholy. After three weeks of closely following the biggest event in the sport, the vacuum that follows is profound. Yes, there are other races, but none that demand the collective attention of the Tour. This year’s race was exceptionally … The post The weekly spin: What we can expect from the 2020 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mark Cavendish to Adriatica Ionica Race after Tour de France snub

Mark Cavendish signs on at the stage of stage 3

Mark Cavendish will return to competition at the Adriatica Ionica Race in Italy on Wednesday after having been left off Dimension Data 's squad for the Tour de France . The 34-year-old has been battling the effects of the Epstein Barr virus for two years, only this spring finally being declared below the threshold for still being considered ill with the virus. His best result this year has been a third place on a stage of the Tour of Turkey behind Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe). The decision to leave him off the Tour de France squad was a controversial one, and it highlighted fractures in the Dimension Data management team , with head of performance Rolf Aldag going to bat for Cavendish and team principal Doug Ryder ultimately deciding against his inclusion. "I'm absolutely heartbroken by the decision that means I won't be at the Tour this ...

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Dimension Data to become Team NTT in 2020

Dimension Data to become Team NTT in 2020

George Smith 17 Jul 2019 Currently having a lacklustre Tour de France after making the mistake of leaving Mark Cavendish at home, Dimension Data announce a rebrand South African-registered WorldTour team Dimension Data are to be rebranded as Team NTT for the 2020 season and have announced that Matteo Sobrero, 22, and Samuele Battistella, 20, will step up from their Continental feeder team to the WorldTour. Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT), a large telecommunications company, has been the parent company of Dimension Data since 2010, with all Dimension Data operations excluding those in South Africa and the Middle East becoming a full part of NTT at the start of July 2019. The change in name is only being billed as a rebranding, with senior figures and operations at the team likely to remain unchanged into the new season. The announcement of the change was dominated by the news that young ...

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The winners and losers of the 2019 Tour de France, so far

Joe Robinson 16 Jul 2019 In every walk of life there will be your winners and losers and the Tour de France is no different From Brussels to Albi with La Planche de Belles Filles in between, the Tour de France has navigated Belgium and France for the past 10 days and the excitement has been palpable. We had Eddy Merckx at the start in Belgium, we have had three wearers of the yellow jersey, 10 different winners in 10 days and five riders waved goodbye to the race. It’s looking increasingly likely that Team Ineos/Sky/Deathstar will be wearing yellow in Paris once again and it looks just as likely that French hearts may be broken for a 34th year in a row. Obviously, this is all guesswork but the last 10 days has produced as many winners and losers as a day at the races. Below, Cyclist looks at ...

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Chaos, hangovers and suffering: Riders reflect on their Tour de France debut

It’s been a great July for Tour de France debutants. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) and Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) have ridden to impressive stage victories. Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) spent some well-earned time in the yellow jersey. They won’t soon forget their maiden rides in the sport’s biggest race. But then, what rider wouldn’t remember their Tour … The post Chaos, hangovers and suffering: Riders reflect on their Tour de France debut appeared first on CyclingTips .

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How can Michael Matthews beat Peter Sagan for the green jersey?

We’re only six stages into the Tour de France and it already looks like Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will win a record-breaking seventh green jersey. Sagan’s consistency — four top-five finishes since the start in Brussels, including his win on stage 5 — gives him an early 46-point lead in the battle for green. If that … The post How can Michael Matthews beat Peter Sagan for the green jersey? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Viviani to leave Deceuninck-QuickStep despite Tour de France success

Elia Viviani greets team manager Patrick Lefevere at the Gent Six Day

Elia Viviani has confirmed he will leave Deceuninck-QuickStep in 2020 despite his sprint success at the Tour de France , with team manager Patrick Lefevere admitting he does not have the budget to match the offers of other teams keen to sign the Italian. Viviani told Cyclingnews on Monday that the Tour de France would decide his future, with further sprint success only raising the vale of his next contract. Under UCI rules, Viviani cannot announce his future team until August 1 but Cyclingnews understands he has reached a deal with Cofidis, who are set to step-up to WorldTour level in 2020 and have the backing of the French loan maker until 2021. Lefevere, who has also confirmed that Viviani will move on, is keen to sign Sam Bennett from Bora-Hansgrohe. He also has Alvaro Hodeg and Fabio Jakobsen already on his books but is likely to lose lead-out man ...

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50 years on, Merckx’s legendary status gets fresh recognition

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With Mark Cavendish's chances of matching Belgian's 34 Tour de France stage wins looking slim, Eddy Merckx's prowess is being given a new lease of life. Read the full article at 50 years on, Merckx’s legendary status gets fresh recognition on VeloNews.com .

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Dimension Data at odds over Cavendish omission from Le Tour – ‘Cowards can’t hide forever’

Dimension Data at odds over Cavendish omission from Le Tour – ‘Cowards can’t hide forever’

Fallout continues as team officials weigh in with opposing views on the possible mishandling of the ‘Manx Missile’, with Mark Cavendish’s own wife joining the fray.

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